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For enthusiasts of Downton Abbey, an actual-lifestyles American model of the Crawley circle of relatives—Fortune’s Children is a captivating real tale that recreates the drama, beauty, and wealth of the mythical Vanderbilts.

Vanderbilt: The very identify is synonymous with the Gilded Age. The circle of relatives patriarch, “the Commodore,” constructed a fortune that made him the arena’s richest guy through 1877. But, lower than fifty years after his dying, no Vanderbilt used to be counted a number of the global’s richest other folks. Written through descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune’s Children strains the dramatic and amazingly colourful historical past of this nice American circle of relatives, from the upward push of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the autumn of his progeny—wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted an unlimited inheritance.